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First Impressions of UB's 2012 Recruiting Class

Not nearly as dire as some had thought it would be but it's at best an average Mid American Conference Recruiting Class

Position Player Rivals Scout ESPN 247 State
RB James Coleman ** ** NR ** NY
FB Joe Schillace NL NL NL NL NY
WR Dubois Ross ** ** NR ** PA
WR Jamarl Eiland *** *** ** ** MI
WR Jacob Martinez NR NR NL *** FL
G Brandon Manosalvas NR NR NL NL NJ
T Xavier Davis * NR NL NL GA
CB Andrew Dadeboe NL NR NL ** PA
S Houston Glass ** NR NR ** MI
OLB Jarrett Franklin NL NL NL NL MO
OLB Corbin Grassman NL NL NL NL OH
ILB Blake Bean ** ** NR ** KS
ILB Greg Lis ** ** ** ** NJ
DE Solomon Jackson ** NL NR NL GA
DE Brandon Crawford ** ** NR ** FL
DT Chris Ford NL NL NR NL OH
DE Tedroy Lynch PA
DT Zach Smekal NJ

Well a flurry of last week commitments bumped UB from nine recruits to 18, a decent number which should lift the Bulls out of last place if Rivals ever updates their site (still have Tim McVey and are missing a huge number of UB's actual verbals, even the ones scouted by Rivals.

It was a very north centered class. Two from Florida, two from Georgia, one from Kansas and one from Missouri. The rest were New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and Michigan. I'm not as Florida minded as many who follow recruiting. Sure there is a ton of talent but there are also seven FBS schools in the state, Texas has a dozen.

In terms of positions is was all about Offensive skill and the defensive front seven. Some good looking defensive backs and a couple of offensive linemen but of the 18 player picked up a half were from the defensive front seven and five were receivers or offensive backs.

If Quinn can find Talent in the Mid Atlantic and Great Lakes regions the pool of talent versus the number of fishermen is pretty much the same.

Many of these guys have no other listed FBS offers that is, to say the least, a bit troubling. Then again nobody wsa beating down the door for a piece of James Stark or Naaman Roosevelt. There are a lot of All State players, a lot of player who made their states All Star games, and several who played on teams that were very highly ranked in their state.

At the end of the day I have no reason to be overly excited or pessimistic about the guys coming in, just like I would not have been pumped for Roosevelt if I have been following UB football in 2005-2006.

Jeff Quinn's first full recruiting class, picked up in the 2010-2011 season, is just now going to be the guys who carry this team. So we will find out if Quinn and his staff know how to mine hidden games or if UB is just not getting the players that will advance this program.

The Name that will, but should not, mess with MAC broadcasters: Andrews Dadeboe, it sounds just like it looks but count on some hapless MAC announcer to screw it up in the early years of his Buffalo career.

The player most in demand: Was sitting on offers from Ball State (MAC), Florida Atlantic (SBC), Florida International (CUSA), and Troy (SBC). Side note... This defensive lineman is also an accomplished swimmer (50 yard sprint)

The Media Mogul: James Coleman has been named four times as the New York Post player of the week, the post was also all over his verbal to Buffalo this summer.

Best Story Line: Without a doubt it's Chris Ford who was not denied his scholarship offer despite a nasty cheap shot during summer combines which ended his senior season before is started.

Inception Award: Blake Bean who will be on a defense coached by a man who also coached his father!

Anger Management Needs: Jarrett Franklin who piled up a monstrous 21 sacks during his senior year.

Blue Tinted Glasses: Loved the dorms at UB. Either he was nowhere near governors or the place has chanced in the last dozen years.

Pick a seat and sit in it: Houston Glass played pretty much everything he could and Coach Quinn indicated that while he may end up in a receiver role he will have other uses. I suspect that means returner or the future "Alley Cat" offense.